Thursday, March 26th, 2020
Dear friends, I do not often write about “love” (Eros Love), it refers to passionate or romantic love. I choose to keep it at a distance because it reminds me of what was, what has been and is currently, not. I am a romantic at heart, and I love being in love. I’ve been blessed to have experienced love a couple of times in my life. Would it be too tempting to think it could happen again? I have many people in my life that love me and I them in return, friendship love, affectionate love and charity love; they are very comforting and yet, I miss Eros love. My favorite author, C. S. Lewis wrote a book called, “The Four Loves” here’s one of my favorite quotes:
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
Even, in the midst of writing this I cannot ignore the fact, I love my independence. Sounds like a contradiction when I proclaim my desire for Eros and my independence. Being single has taught me many valuable lessons. I might have missed out on them if my life journey had not taken this path. For this I am grateful. Most importantly, love cannot be rushed. Love is like putting a puzzle together, it works best if you start with the border pieces. Then little by little putting pieces together in groups of like colors until your able to see the picture clearly. Relationship need a starting point and a foundation of sorts, then little by little build upon commonalities of interests, chemistry and life philosophy. It is true that opposites attract but do they stay together? … The answer is sometimes.
Just like Eros, I miss a lot of things in life but the memories of have of the most important are so valuable I would not trade them for copy of something similar. I am so grateful for the life experiences I have had and look forward to whatever the future may hold. My trust is in Jesus! My life may not be what I thought it would be, in many ways it’s better. I am a child of God, He created me with purpose. Life is not about the destination, it’s about the journey. One will never find their future looking backwards. Life is forward motion.
I’m thankful that our paths have crossed on this journey called life. Love is a gift, treasure it, respect it and never take it for granted. Say “I love you” often and always mean it when you say it.
“He (Jesus) said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
ειρήνη – “Peace” in Greek, reference listed below.